Records tumble as Braintree enjoy wonderful day

Records tumbled as Braintree’s teenage pair of Carl Lees and Jay Smith enjoyed a wonderful day at the expense of hosts Abberton, in Division C of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship.

The impressive Lees, aged just 17, went on to score a massive 252 not out, which was an all-time record for the highest score achieved by a Braintree player in this league.

Lees’ effort eclipsed the previous record of 223 not out, posted by Simon Jones five years ago.

Fellow opener Smith, aged just 14, also celebrated a century. He scored 102 in a first wicket partnership worth 339 – this beat the previous Division C opening stand of 310, achieved by Halstead at Braintree in 199.

In fact, it was the second equal highest partnership in Two Counties history, just seven runs adrift of the 346 set by Kelvedon & Feering 2nd XI in a Division Five fixture in 2011.

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In Saturday’s high-scoring match, Abberton replied with 308 for seven to lose by 71 runs – so a remarkable 687 runs were scored during the match.

Meanwhile Frinton, the runaway leaders of Division One, chalked up their 13th win from 14 league games, thanks to a five-wicket success at Witham.

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The home side were dismissed for just 86, with Leroy Facey (27) offering the only real resistance. There were there wickets apiece for Michael Armstrong and Russell Stockdale, and two each for Adam Milne and Ian Morton.

Frinton were at one stage reduced to 12 for two, after John Chick had dismissed both openers. But the champions elect, thanks to 20s from Matt Foakes and Tom Sinclair, eased home by the end of the 22nd over.

The chasing pack, a very distant one, has four teams locked together on eight wins each. Two of these are Hadleigh and Wivenhoe, who met at Friars Road. And it was hosts Hadleigh who emerged triumphant, beating Wivenhoe by seven wickets to move up to second in the table.

Luke Ibbs was the star of the show. Having taken three for 52, to restrict Wivenhoe to 202 for six, Ibbs then plundered an unbeaten century, sharing a match-winning 99-run stand with Mark Simmonds (32 not out).

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